CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ April 18-19 Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Silver auction includes over 900 lots of Continental, French, English and American furniture and decorative arts. A number of highlights in the sale come from two private Midwestern collections, including property from Fairlawn, Lake Forest, Illinois, a prominent residence built in 1870 by Charles b. Farwell who served as a U.S. representative and senator from Illinois. African works of art from the Detroit Institute of Art will be offered in the sale as well as a significant collection of Russian silver. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
In the decorative arts category, a Meissen porcelain pate-sur-pate four-piece clock garniture (above) with an estimate of $100,000-$125,000 and a Vienna porcelain and giltwood tall-case clock with an estimate of $40,000-$60,000 are among top lots in the sale.
American furniture among top lots includes a Chippendale mahogany chest on chest, circa 1770, which carries an estimate of $100,000-$200,000. Also, a federal carved, inlaid and veneered mahogany bowfront settee will be offered as well as a federal satinwood inlaid mahogany Pembroke table (below), both with estimates of $20,000- $40,000.
English furniture, decorative arts and fine art will mainly be offered on day two of the auction. Highlights include a pair of monumental George III parcel gilt mahogany mirrors (estimate $80,000-$120,000) and a George III satinwood rosewood and marquetry Pembroke table (estimate: $30,000-$50,000).
Of the dozens of paintings in the auction, none is larger or grander than Peter Monamy’s A Royal Yacht and a Flagship of the Squadron of the Red (estimate: $15,000-$25,000).
Also included in day two of the sale is a large and impressive collection of Russian silver. Examples include a large Russian silver mounted cut glass centerpiece kovsh with a presale estimate of $30,000-$50,000 and a large Russian silver-gilt and Niello decorated tankard (below) with an estimate of $12,000-$18,000.
Additional Russian silver objects include cigarette cases and snuffboxes.